first_imgShare this on WhatsApp CDEMA sets US$3M targeted budget for hurricane season Eastern Caribbean bracing for strengthening Tropical Storm… Sep 26, 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines bracing… Sep 13, 2018 Tropical Storm-force winds nearing the Leeward Islands Sep 26, 2018 An 11:00 am Advisory has put the Centre of Tropical Storm Isaac at 14.9 North, 61.8 West or about 50 miles (75 km) South West of Dominica.  Isaac is moving away from the Eastern Caribbean Islands and into the Caribbean Sea at near 20 mph (31 km/h).  The maximum sustained winds are 45 mph (75 km/h) A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe and a Tropical Storm Watch for Antigua/Barbuda, Montserrat, St Kitts/Nevis, Saba, St Eustatius, St Martin and St Maarten. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in…last_img read more

first_imgHHS Secretary Alex AzarU.S. SENATE News: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), all members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, wrote to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar requesting that the Department provide the Committee with an unredacted copy of the internal audit report on the Indian Health Service (IHS) management response to former IHS pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber’s patient abuse compiled by HHS contractor Integritas Creative Solutions, LLC, within seven business days.The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has jurisdiction and oversight responsibility regarding IHS.“The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and IHS leadership have committed repeatedly to full transparency, openness and accountability regarding all issues related to IHS patients abuse generally and Weber’s abuse of minor IHS patients specifically,” the senators wrote. “However, recent decisions made by HHS regarding the disclosure of the referenced Integritas report appear to contradict those commitments.”Following revelations of longstanding abuse of child patients by former IHS Pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber, as well as IHS’ failed management response to Weber’s abuse HHS commissioned an internal audit report from Integritas Creative Solutions, LLC.Thus far, HHS has not released the report publicly and has limited congressional access to a limited viewing of a redacted report in contradiction of federal law and long-established Congressional oversight process.“There is no legal basis for the IHS to withhold or limit access to its unredacted findings from review by the congressional committee of jurisdiction,” the senators continued. “As a coequal branch of government, we expect full transparency from your Department and the agency regarding this report and on all instances of employee mismanagement and criminal sexual misconduct. HHS and IHS must uphold their commitment to transparency on the Weber incident and issues of patient abuse.”The full text of the letter is available HERE.last_img read more

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – An emergency declaration requested by the mayor of Gallup and authorized by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be extended through noon Thursday, May 7, per the mayor’s request. The action is intended to continue the aggressive physical distancing in the community and thus mitigate transmission of COVID-19. In response to an emergency request from Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi, the governor at noon on Friday, May 1, invoked the state’s Riot Control Act, authorizing her to enact further temporary restrictions to mitigate the uninhibited spread of COVID-19 in that city. An emergency declaration made under the act is in effect until noon the third day after it becomes effective.Mayor Bonaguidi on Sunday requested an emergency declaration be extended rather than allowed to expire Monday; the governor granted the request and will formalize the extension Monday. The mayor’s letter is attached to this news release.The emergency declaration closes all roads into Gallup, limited business hours, restricted how many individuals could travel in a car at once and directed Gallup residents to remain at home except for emergency outings. Upon the mayor’s request, the hours of business closures will be amended. Business curfew hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. will mirror the curfew on the nearby Navajo Nation.“Only through the extension of the invocation of your authority under the Riot Control Act can our community impose the measures necessary to stem transmission of COVID-19,” Mayor Bonaguidi wrote.Gallup city police and McKinley County sheriff’s department have partnered with New Mexico State Police and Department of Transportation to enforce the emergency order and road closures. The New Mexico National Guard has also provided support to this effort in a non-law enforcement capacity.The Riot Control Act authorizes the governor to, for the temporary existence of a state of emergency, prohibit persons being on public streets and the use of certain streets and highways, among other broad emergency restrictions.Because of the extreme heightened risk of transmission in the northwestern region of the state, McKinley County — along with neighboring San Juan and Cibola counties — remain subject to the Secretary of Health’s public health order of April 11. Moderate easings incorporated in the modified public health order effective Friday, May 1, do not apply in those counties.McKinley County as of Sunday afternoon had reported 1,144 positive cases of COVID-19, the most positive cases in the entire state, outstripping even far more populous counties.last_img read more